Monday, January 26, 2009


Recently we bought a bread mold. Before that the bread I have made at home have usually been rolls, flat breads and sometimes baguettes or something else. The mold will broaden the possibilities of home made bread. The first try with the new mold was with the following recipe and very good the bread turned out to be too.

500 ml of water, temperature 42 C
1 dose of dry yeast
1 dl of flakes (I used bran and wheat crush)
1 dl of rye flour
8-9 dl of wheat flour (I used a little less, 7-8 dl)
2 tsp of salt
oil or butter for greasing (with silicone molds you only have to grease it the first time you use it and then every once in a while but not nearly every time)
1 tbl of treacle/molasses

Mix in the warm water the rye flour, treacle, yeast, salt and flakes. Let it be for 30 minutes covered with a towel.

Add the wheat flour into the mixture little by little. The dough should not be too hard! Let it rise for 30 minuted covered with a towel.

Grease the mold, if necessary. Put the dough into the mold. Let it rise for 30 minutes more covered with a towel.

Bake in 250 C for about 30 minutes.

As the photos tell, the dough was maybe a little too plentiful for our mold, so next time I'll probably make a slightly smaller dough. The bread was very tasty! Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Unfortunately the bread didn't last for long, it was eaten in a span of a few days. Well, more the reason to bake it again!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cinnamon ice cream

Last week was the right time to test my new ice cream book and from the many tempting options I chose as my first try this cinnamon ice cream. I figured it goes well with the winter season and it having a light touch from the flavors of Christmas without being too Christmassy. One good sound reason for this recipe goes back to my time in Germany last summer. There I tasted Italian cinnamon ice cream and was sold! Cinnamon has other pleasant memories to me from that same period of time.

4-6 portions

300 ml of cream
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
5oo ml of ready-made vanilla sauce or custard (store-bought for me)
1 tbl of lemon juice
50 g of confectioner's sugar

Pour the cream into a thick-bottomed pan, add the cinnamon and stir. Let it come to a boil nd take away from the heat. Let it cool down for 30 minutes.

Pour the vanilla sauce and lemon juice into a large bowl. Sieve in the confectioner's sugar. Add in the cinnamon cream and mix well.

Without an ice cream maker: Freeze the ice cream mixture in a bowl or a container without a lid on for 1-2 hours or until the sides start to get hard. Beat the mixture with a fork or with a mixer until smooth. Put back in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until hard. If you don't eat all at once, cover the container with a lid.

With an ice cream maker: follow the machine's instructions.

This time the consistency was pretty close to a "real" ice cream, I was even a little bit surprised about the progress from last time. After the first time in the freezer I divided the ice cream mixture into three smaller containers, which are enough for two. By doing this, I can take out a whole container from the freezer to soften without needing to worry that the part that won't be eaten this time is partly melted and then frozen again. It would take a while to make a portion from the whole batch because the ice cream froze to be really hard. Looking back, I would have beaten the ice cream at least one more time during the freezing becayse some of the cinnamon had descended on the bottom of the container and not spread evenly into the ice cream.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas presents

My apologies for the long silence. I did spend time in the kitchen before Christmas, but in the middle of the bustle forgot to take pictures of the things that came out from the oven and I don't want to post recipes without pictures. I'll just have to bake the same things another time so that I show them to you as well! But for motivation to spend time in the kitchen it has been helpful to spend a fortnight eating someone else's food (although very yummy!) and to increase it even more, I received these cook books as Christmas presents! I plan to have a new attempt for home-made ice-cream before long! :)
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